Nearly half a century after the release of their debut album, ABBA still reaching musical milestones.
The Swedish pop legends scored their first Grammy Awards appointment Tuesday evening. their song I still have faith in you has been nominated for Record of the Year alongside Olivia Rodrigo’s Drivers License, Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever and Lil Nas X’s Montero (Call Me By Your Name), among others.
I Still Have Faith In You appears as the opening track on Voyage, ABBA’s ninth album and first studio release in 40 years.
The ballad debuted in September along with don’t shut me down, a more uptempo song, and peaked just outside the top 10 in the UK Singles Chart.
Until Tuesday, ABBA’s only prior contact with the Grammys was their 2015 induction into the Recording Academy’s Hall of Fame. Given the band’s ubiquity in pop culture, the announcement from their very first Grammy nod received praise and surprise from many fans on social media.
“This is baffling to me, but it also reminds me that the Grammy Awards are not a definitive reflection of the quality of music,” one person tweeted. Added one more: “How did I live in a world where ABBA had 0 Grammy nominations?”
A post on the group’s official Instagram account read: “Great news, ABBA has been nominated for #GRAMMY’s Record of the Year with ‘I Still Have Faith In You’.
“Thank you for the nomination!”
By all accounts, ABBA’s Grammy recognition should have been delayed far too long. The group became world famous with Waterloo in 1974, which won the Eurovision Song Contest that year.
Since then they have sold an estimated 385 million albums worldwide, making them one of the best-selling pop music acts of all time. Classic hits like Dancing Queen and The Winner Takes It All have endured for generations as artists like Shania Twain and Madonna have sampled ABBA’s catalog in their work.
Although ABBA first broke up in 1982, their fans’ passion for those hearty pop melodies has never waned. The Jukebox Musical from 2000 Oh mom! was a hit in London and on Broadway, while the 2008 film adaptation starring Pierce Brosnan and Meryl Streep hit the British most profitable movie ever. A sequel from 2018, Mama Mia! Here we go again received mixed to negative reviews, but was a blockbuster nonetheless.
Voyage, ABBA’s first album since 1981’s The Visitors, was well received by critics and hit number one in the UK earlier this month.